…but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as i it were by works. They stumbled over the “stumbling stone”. As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”
The Jewish people were taught by their religious leaders to be busy keeping the law. In doing this, they failed to see the One Who had come to fulfill the law and set them free for a life of love, grace and mercy. It is easy to become self-righteous in our religious activities – church, Bible Study, Sunday School. Pursue Jesus Christ and there is less chance we will miss the opportunities to be full of grace and mercy.